In the early morning hours of November 6th, members of JCF”s Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT) and the Major Organized Crime Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) apprehended Lavrick Willocks in Kingston.
Mr. Willocks is the key figure in the 14-person federal indictment in North Dakota targeting lottery scammers.
The United States has requested the extradition of Mr. Willocks from Jamaica to face charges the he allegedly led a ring which defrauded tens of millions of dollars from America’s most vulnerable citizens.
Along with Mr. Willocks, JFAT and MOCA also detained a Panamanian national, a known associate of Mr. Willocks. That associate is being held on immigration charges.
This arrest is the culmination of many hours of investigation by U.S. and Jamaican law enforcement officers. United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno said “together with our Jamaican partners, we will bring lottery scammers to justice. They prey on America’s most vulnerable citizens and undermine the rule of law in Jamaica. This operation is yet another example of the unprecedented cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of our two countries. After brave Jamaican citizens provided the critical intelligence on the locations that Mr. Willocks frequented, the JFAT-MOCA team spent over two weeks on surveillance. Their many sleepless nights paid off and Mr. Willocks is in custody as a result of their tenacious and relentless effort. We look forward to swift his extradition under our treaty arrangements. More indictments are coming.”
The JCF and the United States continue to seek the arrest of the remaining Willocks conspirators: Mario Hines, 23; Akil Gray, 26; Gregory Gooden, 34; Tristan Fisher, 29; and Gareth Billings, 37. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these persons is encouraged to contact the Jamaican Constabulary Force or the United States Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102 or email:email@example.com.